Among the highest of the charges levied against the Covington Catholic High kids, for which they were threatened with expulsion, accused of white supremacy and threatened with murder from leftist journalists, is Nicholas Sandmann's "weaponized" facial expression.
Prophetic as ever, George Orwell himself predicted the recognition of improper facial expressions as a heinous offense against totalitarian thought-policing in his dystopian masterwork 1984:
"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called."
Esquire, which is supposedly a "men's magazine" (I would genuinely love to see a lineup of the kinds of men who read this cuckolded garbage), published an extremely overemotional assessment that could only be written by a male feminist desperate for outward approval. "I Saw the Smirk With My Eyes, But Felt It in My Gut", is the hysterical headline of "Dave" (real relatable blokey nickname am I right fellow masculine-identifying individuals?) Holmes. "The world is getting meaner", Dave sobs. But despite the overwhelming pain he faces in reviewing an image of a 15-year-old boy smiling, he bravely continues;
“I have stared into that Magic Eye picture from last weekend. I have tried to relax my eye muscles just enough for the silently prayerful, tension-diffusing committed Catholic boy to emerge.
And I’m sorry, but he hasn’t.
I still see only a howling horde of kids, Tomahawk-chopping and roaring with laughter at a Native American, one smirking young man in the center. I see the same display of unearned, unexamined, vaguely menacing privilege that I did on Saturday.”
"Vaguely menacing"; that's right. This professional journalist for one of the world's largest and longest running magazines finds a 15-year-old boy from a Catholic High School smiling patiently in the face of a man who put himself in his face to bang a drum and scream nonsense words at him "menacing".
Make no mistake about the implications of this suggestion. I am not making a mountain out of a molehill. Language matters and anyone who has been paying attention knows by now that language is the primary way in which leftists and liberals pervert reality and bend it to their whims.
Speaking of perversions of reality, if you check in with Antifa-sympathiser Jason Wilson over at progressive establishment rag The Guardian, "Conservatives have realized they can construct a parallel reality and have it accepted". Yes, this is Jason's genuine take on the situation, despite mainstream media outlets and public figures across the spectrum assuring the public at the time that they portrayed only the well-researched truth (based on nothing but Nathan Phillips' retelling of his side of the story); only to issue retractions, backtracking articles, and official apologies when footage emerged depicting the very different reality.
“One thing that rightwing media understands much better than their liberal counterparts is that the ubiquity of recording devices at any current protest tends to shatter the public record into dozens of pieces.
A particular version of events based on early footage can always be called into question, and another version put forward as definitive, as more footage, and alternative edits of footage emerge.”
Yes, "alternative edits of footage" is how Jason genuinely portrays the emergence of a complete 2-hour video proving every liberal and center-right media narrative demonizing the kids wholly divorced from reality.
The complete annihilation of mainstream media narrative control by a public equipped as citizen journalists is very worrying to the thought police of the current order indeed.
Jack Reidy is the Editor of Traditionalist philosophy and culture blog Pop & Locke and host of the weekly podcast Revolt!